So, Eden’s Curse have followed in the footsteps of Timo Tolkki’s last project Revolution Rennaisance by calling their third album Trinity. Only Portishead’s Third record makes it more explicitly clear than the multi-national band when it comes to labelling their milestones in numerical obsession.
Listening to title track Trinity, you immediately gauge the concept of just why, but only after an unnamed character takes care of some business for a Senator and an epic, operatic Rhapsody Of Fire-esque choir introduces the album with Trinitas Sanctus. After that has done so, Trinity smashes into classic-influenced, melodic heavy metal riffing with a clumsy lyrical tirade explaining exactly the reason for the record titling – “The Father, The Son, The Holy Ghost – Who’s the one you fear the most?”
What will be a little too over-the-top for some, will be extremely appetising for others. The power metal fan will not only appreciate the exuberant audacity of Eden’s Curse but also enjoy two guest vocalists giving their all on two great songs. No Holy Man is the first, featuring James LaBrie from Dream Theater fame, performing epic harmonising chorus on what is easily one of the standout tracks on the album, beginning with a cheesy 80s ambience that boasts a simplistic yet mean-as-hell bass line that will have you pumping iron in Balboa-determination.
The next is Helloween’s Andi Deris letting his raspy pipes rip brilliantly through a set of bumpy, crashing riffs on Black Widow. Despite the huge profiles putting out, nothing can be taken away from US-born vocalist Michael Eden or indeed the rest of the quintet, for an album that stands on it’s own as a phantasmagorical pleasure.
You only have to look as far as the beautiful acoustic picking and piano intro to Children Of The Tide and the snappy riffing that ensues, providing an irresistible catchy chorus. Or even the hazy sitar sounds of Jerusalem Sleeps that precede another core of melodic heavy metal that still, regardless of its cheesy edge, reaps attitude.
Finishing off with a daring – but with hindsight – respectable and justified cover of Dio’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Children, Trinity is, on the whole, an absolute must for any melodic metaller.